Thousands of fires burning in Southeast Asia were blanketing the region with blue-gray smoke at the time this modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image was captured by the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite on March 27, 2004. MODIS has been capturing images of the region's agricultural burning season since early February, but activity seems to have picked up considerably in mid to late March. Though agricultural fires are not necessarily immediately hazardous, such large-scale burning can have a strong impact on weather, climate, human health, and natural resources.
The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2004087-0327/Indochina.A2004087.0650 additional resolutions.
Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/ MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center